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A. While steroids (vetalog) can cause increase in hunger they do not usually cause food aggression. I would advise seeking out a trainer in your area to come do an in home evaluation and work with your local veterinarian in case behavior medications are indicated.

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In the dog, the signs of a food allergy are usually itchy skin, paws, or ears or digestive disturbances such as vomiting or diarrhea. Other more subtle changes can also occur, including hyperactivity, weight loss, lack of energy, and even aggression.
Dogs can exhibit food aggression or get reactive over their food for a number of reasons, such as to show dominance or because they become anxious about people or other animals taking their food. Regardless of the reason, food aggression can lead your dog to wolf down their food or even lash out to protect their meal.
Puppies can play rough. Puppy play consists of chasing, pouncing, barking, growling and biting. Many pet owners mistake normal play behavior as aggression or laugh off behavior that is a warning sign for truly aggressive behavior.
As your dog begins to trust the people in your household around their food, their food aggression should wane or cease to exist entirely. Note: While your pup may be comfortable eating around you, they may not be around other family members or guests that visit your home.
The severity of itch in dogs with atopic dermatitis is “directly linked” to problematic pet behavior, the University reports. This misbehavior includes mounting, hyperactivity, chewing, begging and stealing food, eating feces, excitability, attention seeking and excessive grooming.
The most common causes include conflict aggression, fear-based, defensive aggression, status related aggression, possessive aggression, food guarding aggression and redirected aggression.
How to Respond. If your dog is baring his teeth at you or someone else, take a look at his other body language. If you are uncertain of the cause or it appears that the teeth are bared in an aggressive manner, you should carefully remove yourself and/or your dog from the situation.
If your puppy becomes aggressive about biting or if the bite breaks the skin or causes bleeding, it`s a sign the dog is trying to be dominant. You must immediately take action when a puppy won`t stop biting and can`t be distracted by treats or commands.
Fear-based aggression is the most common reason why puppies under 6 months of age are aggressive to other dogs and puppies. In addition, some puppies learn to be aggressive to others to protect resources and get what they want from other dogs and puppies they live with, especially if there is a shortage of resources.
However, there`s no guarantee that an aggressive dog can be completely cured. In many cases, the only solution is to manage the problem by limiting a dog`s exposure to the situations, people or things that trigger her aggression. There`s always risk when dealing with an aggressive dog.
Some dogs growl, snap, or bite when someone comes near their food. Known as food aggression, it`s a reaction that`s pretty common in dogs. It`s like they`re saying: “Hey! It`s mine!
It`s time to get concerned if your puppy bites a lot or tries to bite you every time you touch the dog. If your puppy aggressively or viciously tries to bite or if a snarl or growl accompany the attempt to bite, you need to take action.
The first step toward preventing food-guarding aggression between dogs is management. A dog shouldn`t have to warn other dogs away from her food. The dogs should be fed at least 10 feet apart, and their owner should play “food police” during their meals so whomever gets done first can`t go bug the other/s.
Behavior challenges can result when a child reacts to a food to which he or she is intolerant. If your child has a glass of milk and the body begins to produce cytokines, the resulting inflammation in the brain can lead to meltdowns, irritability, anxiety, depression, brain fog and more.
Dog allergies can get worse with time, the same with cat allergies. As allergies are an immune system response, if your immune system weakens, it does mean allergies can worsen over time. Allowing your dog to lick you and sit on your lap can help to make your allergies worse.
Any time our dogs have a sudden behavioural change we should be assessing them for pain or discomfort. If your dog is less energetic, less cheerful, unwilling to engage in normal activities, showing restlessness, becomes unusually clingy or aloof then they may be experiencing some discomfort.
Owner-directed aggression is problematic for any dog and owner; it most commonly comes in two forms: a genetic disorder referred to as Rage Syndrome, and a more typical diagnosis called Conflict Aggression.
The results demonstrated no reduction in aggressive behavior after surgical castration and a significant increase in dog-directed aggressive behavior after chemical castration. By contrast, other studies seem to suggest that gonadectomy prevents or improves the aggressive behavior of dogs.
Growling is just your dog`s way of trying to tell you something important, and you should listen and genuinely thank your dog for the honest feedback. Growling is your dog`s way of begging you to stop what you`re doing and move away. It`s not a challenge to your hierarchical status in your home.
Say “No” firmly, but calmly, when a puppy exhibits any signs of aggression, including biting. Wrap your hand gently, but with authority, around his muzzle. You must show the puppy that you are in control, but not hurt or frighten him. Do not cover his nose.
They can`t pick things up with their paws, so they try to do it with their mouths! It`s important to know that puppy biting is extremely normal and expected. Almost anyone who has raised a puppy (myself included) has experienced biting in one way, shape, or form. Let me repeat that….
Causes of bad or destructive behavior in dogs can be many, ranging from boredom to malnutrition to injury or illness. Sometimes we send the wrong signals, thinking we`re doing the right thing. For example, if your dog is growling or barking at another dog, you may try to pick them up or pet them.
Undesirable behaviours such as barking, chewing, counter surfing, house-soiling and jumping up commonly begin to occur at around 3-6 months of age. Your puppy will not grow out of these behaviours. On the contrary, it is more likely that these behaviours will worsen if not addressed early on.
Some reasons dogs don`t come when called include distraction, confusion, or fear. Gradual training and positivity are ways to help build a reliable recall so your dog will come when called.

Relevant Questions and Answers :

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Q. My puppy went on vetalog for allergies. Now she is food aggressive nips and growls when you take food away Never did, could this be from the pill
ANSWER : A. While steroids (vetalog) can cause increase in hunger they do not usually cause food aggression. I would advise seeking out a trainer in your area to come do an in home evaluation and work with your local veterinarian in case behavior medications are indicated.

Q. What is the best limited ingredient dog food for a dog with allergies? Can I buy it online or do I need to get it from a vet? Thanks
ANSWER : A. I’m going to recommend a dog food that is extremely expensive, but absolutely worth the price. It is a food that is fantastic for dogs with many allergies because it is essentially just air-dried raw meat, muscles, vitamins, and kelp. It is called Ziwipeak http://ziwipeak.com/ and it is the best dog food on the market! I feed it to my dog so I do not have to worry about getting raw-food portions right. If you’re worried about the price, there are so many other types of food out there you’ve probably never heard of. You do not have to get food through the vet in order to find the right food for your dog. Many grain-free foods are typically good for dogs with allergies, brands like Merrick, Taste of the Wild, Orijen, etc are great kibbles. It may be pricey, but it’s all about trial and error here unless your vet can tell you exactly what the allergy is and how to manage it.

Q. How do I get my dog to stop chewing on things? I kennel her when I leave for a few hours, but I can’t go to the mailbox without her eating something.
ANSWER : A. If she’s young, then this is just normal puppy behavior. Don’t worry about it. The thing about puppies is, they explore using their mouths. If your puppy grabs a coat hanger, or a slipper, you should roll up a newspaper, and smack yourself on the head with it for leaving those things out.. your puppy is going to explore things, that’s normal! It is 100% up to YOU to keep those things away from your puppy when your puppy is unsupervised… even for just a moment.

Remember to never scold your puppy for grabbing these things. They are just curious little cuties, and they don’t chew things up to bother us.. Dogs do not have intentional thought, so they aren’t ever doing anything ON PURPOSE to us.. The most important thing you can do when your puppy is chewing something you don’t want her to be chewing is TRADE her the inappropriate item with a toy of hers, so she understands “no honey, that isn’t what puppies chew on… THIS is what puppies chew on!” and then begin playing with her using her toy to show her that TOYS ARE FUN.. Way more fun than a boring ol’ coat hanger.

Another helpful thing you can do is have two bags of toys. In each bag is many different kinds of toys. Lots of chew toys, lots of soft squeaky toys, lots of rope-type toys, a bunch of balls.. All kinds of things! For one week you have bag#1’s toys out for your puppy to play with.. At the end of the one week, you collect those toys, and you bring out bag#2! The toys will be more interesting/feel like new to your puppy, which will in-turn, make her chew less inappropriate things. Her toys are too fun to care about that dumb Wii-mote that you left laying around.

Hope this helps!

Q. What kind of food is recommended for a puppy Labrador and how often should I feed him?
ANSWER : A. Puppy food is designed specifically for the nutritional needs of young and still growing dogs, with twice the daily nutritional requirements that a mature dog needs.

Puppies are growing and developing rapidly — in their bones, muscles, joints, internal organs and immune system, to name but a few of the developmental needs that are being met by nutrition. A well balanced puppy food contains those nutrients that a puppy specifically need for this purpose, nutrients that are not necessary once the puppy has finished growing into a dog and that are not added to adult formula dog foods. For example, to build a strong body, puppy food contains about 30 percent protein, as well as the vitamins and minerals that are needed for a puppy to be healthy.

Q. My indoor cat shakes his head a lot and it’s been going on for a while. Vet did not see anything like mites, but the shaking isn’t stoping. Help?
ANSWER : A. Call your vet back and explain your concerns. Sometimes itching at the ears could also be a food allergy. Ask your vet if they think it could be a food allergy and what they would recommend. Your cat more than likely eats a mainly corn and/or chicken diet. Higher quality foods are grain-free which could also help. Maybe try switching to a food with the main ingredient of duck. When your pet has a food allergy you must not give them anything but their specific food (Such as duck only canned and kibble diet). If you’d like to investigate it further with your vet you can ask to do an allergy test to see what your cat is specifically allergic to.

Q. My cat can only eat strained baby food consistency food. What do I add to strained meat to give her what she needs? She is a torti Persian 5 lbs
ANSWER : A. You should be offering her some wet cat food. Any brand is okay, but you could find a high quality food if you look hard. Cats prefer getting their water from their food, so it’s important to use wet food for a cat instead of just dry food. It’s okay to feed her white meat chicken, and things like that if you want, but you should definitely be feeding some sort of CAT FOOD.. and I bet wet food would be appealing to her considering it’s very moist, like baby food. You can even mash it up further, and look for a food that is really liquidy.

Q. My puppy is urinating a lot. And the lady I gave one of the puppies to said she thinks her puppy has diabetes could my puppy have it to
ANSWER : A. It is not likely that either one of these puppies has diabetes. It is very uncommon for a puppy that young to have diabetes. If your puppy is straining to urinate or is urinating very small amounts frequently and cannot seem to wait for very long between urination, he may have a urinary tract infection. It is quite possible that your puppy is completely normal. I would suggest an exam with your veterinarian and discuss the behavior with them. They may suggest a urinalysis. Your puppy should be going to the vet at 3 week intervals for vaccinations at this age, so you can discuss it when he has his next set of vaccines. The other person with the other puppy should also be taking hers to a vet for proper immunizations and she should also discuss her concerns with her vet.

Q. My dog itchs all the time a codozon shot helps but don’t cure it after a bath she turns red and still itchs I changed dog food that didn’t help no fle
ANSWER : A. Do you live in a region where fleas are prevalent. Where I live the fleas are truly horrible, and I see many animals developing a flea allergy. This usually presents as relentless itching especially at the base of the tail, although it can be all over the body. Often on exam I won’t find a single flea, just red bumps, hair loss and itching. In response, I will start animals on an oral steroid such as prednisone (I think your doctor has administered an injectable steroid), while at the same time bathing the animal and starting on an oral flea preventative such as Comforts which I then re dose at 3 weeks instead of 4. Additionally, the environment needs to be decontaminated- flea bombing the house, vacuuming often and washing bedding on hot. The flea life cycle is short, however, so this needs to be one frequently as they will just continue to hatch in your home. Most importantly, I tell my clients, that any steroid (oral or injectable) does not fix the problem, but rather suppress your dogs reaction to it thereby making them more comfortable. Just the steroid alone changes nothing except giving them a brief break from their symptoms.

Now that I have spoken in depth about flea allergy, there is a potential that it is something else. Food allergies are slow to develop, and slow to change. If you wanted to eliminate a potential food allergy I would switch to a novel protein, limited ingredient diet. For example, lamb as the protein source if your previous food was always chicken or beef, and in a formula with very limited ingredients such as lamb, rice and veggies. A pet store should be able to help you with this. While on this diet they cannot have any additional treats for 1 month, to see if you have eliminated the allergy. From an Eastern Medical perspective, I also recommend novel proteins that are “cool”, such as fish, lamb, or duck while avoiding “warm” foods such as beef, chicken, pork.

Finally, all animals with allergies should be on an Omega 3 supplement. Given regularly, this can help reduce overall inflammation in the body both in the skin, joints, and other tissues. Good for allergies, arthritis and overall health. My dogs are on fish oils, but one of my dogs who is allergic to fish gets flax oil instead. I would be happy to consult with you further, but I hope this helps to some degree.